Jun 26

Al Gore: ‘There is no back-up plan.’

By Editor Al Gore, Waxman-Markey Comments Off on Al Gore: ‘There is no back-up plan.’

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In poker lingo, Gore and his disciples are all in!

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Jun 26

Iain Murray tweets: Latest intel: fence-sitters are breaking against cap-and-tax. Al Gore must have spent too much time on the phone to them. #tcot #nocap

By Editor Twitter, Waxman-Markey Comments Off on Iain Murray tweets: Latest intel: fence-sitters are breaking against cap-and-tax. Al Gore must have spent too much time on the phone to them. #tcot #nocap

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Toxic Al Gore strikes again.  Man-made global warming’s biggest proponent may sink his own ship!

Iaian has also tweeted:

Dems in disarray over cap and tax. Rumors: they’ve pulled bill, they’ve delayed till eve, they’ll keep House on till get votes. Melt phones!

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Jun 25

Dissed by Dem leadership as being too toxic to sway heartland Democrats to vote for Waxman-Markey, Al Gore takes to YouTube to get his message out.

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Jun 25

Al Gore is toxic. Imagine that.

Via Rep. John Boehner:

Washington, Jun 25

Scrambling for votes to pass Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) national energy tax, former Vice President Al Gore was slated to come to Capitol Hill today to make the case for increasing electricity bills, raising gasoline prices, and shipping more American jobs overseas to places like China and India.  But Democratic leaders have had some second thoughts, according to Roll Call:

“Former Vice President Al Gore had been scheduled to deliver a final pitch to the House Democratic Caucus for the global warming bill on Thursday alongside Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), but Pelosi’s spokesman said Thursday morning that Gore will stay in Tennessee.”

Wondering what the real reason is for the Democrats’ last minute change of heart?  Here’s a clue:


This is the map of the 2000 electoral college, reminding Democrats that former Vice President Gore lost many of the same states that will be crushed by higher energy costs and job losses under Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax.  As the Speaker and her colleagues in the Democratic leadership seek to corral the votes of rural Democrats, they made the calculation that bringing in the former Vice President to lobby for the national energy tax was undoubtedly the wrong strategy.  In addition, bringing in Mr. Gore may have brought back some bad memories for House Democrats, who were famously “BTU’d” by the former Vice President and House Democratic leaders during another major energy tax vote 16 years ago.  The Washington Examiner explains:

“For some House Democrats, the situation is reminiscent of at 1993, when Democrats passed a bill, pushed by then-Vice President Al Gore, that would have taxed the amount of energy used by measuring British Thermal Units, or BTUs.”

“Many House Democrats at the time went out on a political limb to support the bill, which was pushed by then-Vice President Al Gore.”

“It passed by just three votes by the Democratically led Congress, only to die in the Senate, where Democrats there refused to even vote on it.”

“The bill that Democrats plan to vote on as early as Friday appears headed for a similar fate.”

“‘That is the fear of most House members,’ said Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, who is planning to vote on the bill. ‘No one wants to get BTU’d.  A lot of members took a lot of heat back home over that bill.’”

Family farmers and rural small businesses have much at stake as tomorrow’s vote on Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax draws closer.  After all, Americans are registering their opposition to a national energy tax that would raise their electricity bills by as little as $25 per month, according to a Washington Post poll.  And don’t forget, President Obama has already said that electricity bills will “skyrocket” under this legislation.  Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax will hit rural Americans even harder since they travel 25 percent farther than urban residents to go to work and run errands.  They spend 58 percent more on fuel than urban residents as a percentage of their income, and electricity is far more costly to deliver to rural households than to urban homes across America.  No wonder an increasing number of rural organizations are demanding that heartland Democrats oppose this harmful legislation.

So, in spite of the Vice President’s last-minute change of schedule, the question remains: On one of the defining votes of the 111th Congress, will moderate Democrats stand with their constituents who would be punished by the national energy tax, or will they stand with Al Gore, Speaker Pelosi, and left-wing special interests?


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Jun 25

Fox News Radio via Twitter: Gore AWOL on Capitol Hill

By Editor Al Gore, Twitter, Waxman-Markey Comments Off on Fox News Radio via Twitter: Gore AWOL on Capitol Hill

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Developing….

UPDATE

Politico has more details:

Former Vice President Al Gore canceled plans to fly to Washington for a celebratory news conference with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday, and instead was working the phones from Tennessee to help push a landmark climate bill to passage.

The vote is close, and Democratic leaders are worried.

Gore, who has continued to make the climate crisis his signature issue, was to hold a press availability with House leaders and committee chairs at 2 p.m. in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol.

The speaker’s office sent this notification to reporters Thursday morning:

“As the list of undecided Members narrowed, the Speaker thought it was unnecessary to impose on the Vice President’s schedule to travel to Washington, and instead to continue coordinating efforts from Tennessee,” spokesman Drew Hammill said in an e-mail.

Gore, who was coming at the invitation of the speaker, was going to make the case for strong action one of the President’s top priorities — energy and global warming — without delay. He supports the House bill as the way to cut pollution, make dramatic increases in using energy efficiently, and increase use of renewable energy, which will boost jobs and improve our national security.

Perhaps Pelosi and Gore have determined that the bill is a lost cause, and that they don’t want to harm Gore’s credibility by having him speak preach before Congress in what may be a losing effort.

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Jun 24

WSJ editorial on Waxman-Markey: ‘Americans should know that those Members who vote for this climate bill are voting for what is likely to be the biggest tax in American history.’

By Editor Cap and trade, Wall Street Journal, Waxman-Markey Comments Off on WSJ editorial on Waxman-Markey: ‘Americans should know that those Members who vote for this climate bill are voting for what is likely to be the biggest tax in American history.’

The Wall Street Journal editorial board:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put cap-and-trade legislation on a forced march through the House, and the bill may get a full vote as early as Friday. It looks as if the Democrats will have to destroy the discipline of economics to get it done.

Despite House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman’s many payoffs to Members, rural and Blue Dog Democrats remain wary of voting for a bill that will impose crushing costs on their home-district businesses and consumers. The leadership’s solution to this problem is to simply claim the bill defies the laws of economics.

The hit to GDP is the real threat in this bill. The whole point of cap and trade is to hike the price of electricity and gas so that Americans will use less. These higher prices will show up not just in electricity bills or at the gas station but in every manufactured good, from food to cars. Consumers will cut back on spending, which in turn will cut back on production, which results in fewer jobs created or higher unemployment. Some companies will instead move their operations overseas, with the same result.

Even as Democrats have promised that this cap-and-trade legislation won’t pinch wallets, behind the scenes they’ve acknowledged the energy price tsunami that is coming. During the brief few days in which the bill was debated in the House Energy Committee, Republicans offered three amendments: one to suspend the program if gas hit $5 a gallon; one to suspend the program if electricity prices rose 10% over 2009; and one to suspend the program if unemployment rates hit 15%. Democrats defeated all of them.

The reality is that cost estimates for climate legislation are as unreliable as the models predicting climate change. What comes out of the computer is a function of what politicians type in. A better indicator might be what other countries are already experiencing. Britain’s Taxpayer Alliance estimates the average family there is paying nearly $1,300 a year in green taxes for carbon-cutting programs in effect only a few years.

Americans should know that those Members who vote for this climate bill are voting for what is likely to be the biggest tax in American history. Even Democrats can’t repeal that reality.

Read it all at The Wall Street Journal.

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Jun 10

Video: GOP gets ready to unveil an alternative to Waxman-Markey

By Editor Republicans, video, Waxman-Markey Comments Off on Video: GOP gets ready to unveil an alternative to Waxman-Markey

And it will include initiatives to expand US domestic oil and natural gas resources – including ANWR.

From the YouTube notes:

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton talks about the Republican alternative to the Waxman-Markey global warming bill.

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